Redskins place Riggs on waivers


CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Washington Redskins closed the book on one of their worst trades yesterday when they waived veteran running back Gerald Riggs.

The Redskins gave the Atlanta Falcons a first- and second-round draft pick in 1988 to get Riggs, hoping that he'd be another John Riggins in their one-back offense.

It turned out that Riggs, who was 28 at the time, had been worn down from 1984 through 1986 when he carried the ball 1,043 times.

He was hampered by injuries with the Redskins, and when he was left unprotected on Plan B this spring, no team gave him an offer.

Coach Joe Gibbs, who likes veterans, brought Riggs to training camp, but he gained only 30 yards in 14 carries. In his best year with the Redskins, he gained 834 yards in 1989.

The only surprise of the move was the timing, because the first mandatory cut to 60 players isn't until Tuesday.

Gibbs said he made the move now so that teams would see Riggs on the waiver wire "without having a bunch of guys on it."

The Redskins also waived Riggs last year at the start of the season, and no other team claimed him. They brought him back as a short-yardage runner, and he scored 11 touchdowns and gained 248 yards.

This time, he won't be brought back.

Gibbs praised Riggs, but made a reference to the disappointment he had been to the team.

"When we got him, we were probably looking for that thing to be a fantastic deal where he carried the ball a ton. He got hurt in there several times. It really cost us," Gibbs said.

Riggs probably will be replaced on the roster by John Settle, another former Atlanta player.

Settle was signed as a Plan B free agent two years ago and was on the injured-reserve list last year.

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